Jimmy Lee Holland, age 67, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Wednesday June 6, 2012, at his home following a long illness.
Jimmy was born on November 22, 1944 in Stroud, Okla., the son of the late Victor and Helen (Chandler) Holland. His parents moved to Fresno, Calif. in 1947. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1963 and attended Fresno City College for two years. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Following a tour of duty he moved to Tulsa, Okla., and he attended Spartan School of Aeronautics from 1965 to 1971. He received his private pilot rating, commercial pilot rating, multi-engine rating, airplane flight instruction rating, and instrument rating. In 1971 he received and honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. He moved to Joplin area in December 1973 and worked for Eagle Picher from December 1973 to July 1977, then went to work for FAG Bearing from July 1977 to present. He was a member of the Joplin Family Worship Center.
He married Ruth A Kelley (Garrison) on October 27, 1978 in Joplin, and she survives. Additional survivors include one son Ron Garrison, Joplin; two daughters, Stefanie Cartwright, Overland Park, Ks., and Cherie Garrison, Carthage, Mo.; one sister, Victoria Driver, Bristow, Okla.; and one granddaughter, Sara Cartwright. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Hunter Cartwright.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Joplin Family Worship Center. Pastor Dan Wermuth will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be given to Watered Gardens or Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo., in care of the mortuary.